1. What’s your name and title/business name? Where are you located, city, state, country location?
My name is Nicolò Giacomin, I’m an Italian graphic designer currently living in Paris.
2. What’s your educational and professional background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?
My education background is a master’s degree in communication design at Politecnico di Milano. During these studies I met a passionate professor, James Clough, who introduced me to the typography and calligraphy world and became my thesis advisor. Unfortunately there weren’t many other classes about this topic in my school so I began to attend calligraphy workshops elsewhere, mainly held by the Associazione Calligrafica Italiana, with great teachers such as Giovanni De Faccio, Luca Barcellona, María Eugenia Roballos, Barbara Calzolari, Carl Rohrs and Monica Dengo. During this period I became more passionate, and professional at the same time, about calligraphy and lettering.
3. Preferred tool(s) and medium?
I like to experiment a lot with different techniques and I own many (maybe too many!) tools to write and draw letters so I can approach different kind of projects. Anyway if I have to choose a preferred tool and medium I would say flat brush with ink on paper.
4. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?
I’m lucky enough to live in a city where there are lots of cultural events and art exhibitions. I’m very close to the illustration community so I often go to gallery openings and book presentations. I love to dig in flea markets and thrift shops and I sometimes borrow books from the Bibliothèque Forney, a specialised library about arts and crafts. Apart from these nerdy habits I also have more common habits such as going to a park with friends with loud music on a portable speaker and have fun.
5. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.
When I was living in Italy I was really into early reggae, rocksteady and ska music. I have quite a collection of 45 rpm records and in my region the scene wasn’t so active at the time, so I organised parties in local bars to play my records with a friend of mine. Our dj duo name was “The tall and the Small” (I was the small 🙂